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Eaves Invaders: Tackling Starlings in UK Residences

Starlings, with their black feathers and iridescent markings, may seem like charming visitors to your garden. However, when these birds decide to make their home in the eaves of houses, they can quickly become a nuisance, particularly in the United Kingdom where their numbers swell significantly during certain times  of the year.

In this article, we will explore why starlings flock to domestic eaves, the problems they cause, and the most effective pest control measures to manage these avian invaders.

Why Starlings Nest in Eaves

Starlings are highly social and adaptable birds, traits that have enabled them to thrive in a variety of environments, including urban areas. The eaves of houses offer an ideal nesting site for several reasons:

  • Protection: Eaves provide shelter from the elements and predators, making them a safe place for starlings to roost and raise their young.
  • Warmth: The proximity to human habitation means eaves can be warmer than other nesting sites, particularly important during the colder months.
  • Availability: In urban and suburban areas where natural nesting sites may be scarce, the nooks and crannies of buildings become attractive alternatives.

Problems Caused by Starlings

While starlings are a part of the UK’s natural wildlife, their presence in domestic eaves can lead to a host of issues:

  • Noise: A group of nesting starlings can be incredibly noisy, especially at dawn and dusk, potentially causing disturbance to residents.
  • Damage: Their nesting materials can block gutters and downpipes, leading to water damage. Their acidic droppings can also erode building materials and car paint.
  • Health Risks: Starlings can carry various parasites and diseases that may pose health risks.
  • Attracting Other Pests: Starling nests can attract insects and mites, which might then find their way into your home.

StarlingsPest Control Measures

Managing starlings in domestic eaves requires a careful approach that balances effective pest control with the legal protections these birds enjoy under UK wildlife laws.

Here are some recommended steps:

1. Prevention

  • Proofing and Repairs: Seal any openings in eaves and install mesh barriers to prevent starlings from gaining access. Ensure that any repair work is done outside the nesting season to avoid disturbing active nests.
  • Deterrents: Use visual or auditory deterrents such as reflective tape, decoy predators, or noise devices to discourage starlings from settling. These methods can be effective but may require persistence and combination strategies for best results.

2. Legal Considerations

It’s crucial to remember that all wild birds, including starlings, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is illegal to disturb or remove an active nest without appropriate licensing. If you’re facing severe problems, it’s best to contact a professional pest control service that understands the legalities and can advise on or implement humane and legal control measures.

Professional Pest Control

At Avon Pest Control we offer tailored solutions that might include the humane removal of nests (outside of the breeding season), installation of preventative measures, and advice on keeping starlings at bay, ensuring that any actions taken are in compliance with wildlife protection laws.

Are Starlings Ruffling Your Feathers?

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